Why I’m Running for Mayor of Charlotte

People constantly ask me why I want to leave the State Senate and run for Mayor of Charlotte. The answer is very simple: I love Charlotte, and I am concerned that our future is in danger due to inept leadership. I am no miracle worker nor do I claim to be, but I am a realist who has a proven record of leading change.

The deep divisions within our communities are not representative of our great city. These cancers have grown larger due to poor, unfocused leadership without the skills necessary to effectively guide our community. Are we a community that has a vision and direction or a community suffering from deep divisiveness pitting rich against poor; urban against suburban; black against white; gender against gender? We must work together to alleviate animosities that continue to be fueled by lack of leadership. It’s time for real change and real leadership in City Hall.

My goal is to inspire a new vision in which we all will play an important role. I will offer a different path that is defined by a vision and framework for capturing opportunities directly in front of us and lead Charlotte into a new era; an era where we collectively work to support each other in pursuit of common goals to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

My goal is to unite our communities and celebrate diversity. We have to begin the process of healing. We cannot afford to descend into further confrontation and deepen conflicts that drive wedges and divisiveness. I am confident that I can provide the leadership necessary to empower the great people of Charlotte.

Over the next few months, I will be issuing a series of white papers outlining my position on key issues that move this city forward. We must address how we are going to develop an effective strategy and create plans for Charlotte’s transportation & infrastructure, jobs & economic development, affordable housing, education, social divides,  our relationships in Raleigh and the future vision for what Charlotte will be years from now.

My first white paper will focus on overcoming the current chaos in our transportation system. Just twenty years ago, we passed road bonds and the transit tax together based upon a broadly-supported transportation vision and comprehensive strategy. Today, we have no such vision, strategy or collaborative leadership to solve this problem.  As a result, we have a very expensive, fragmented series of disjointed parts and pieces. With all the talk of billions to be invested in our economy, we need an effective plan necessary to get Charlotte back on track with a better transportation system that services all people everywhere.

Let’s get to work Queen City!